Society Hotel Bingen has all the requisites for a modern glamping hotel: lightly charred timber facade, concrete floors, and the rustic, yet chic, demeanor of a place that will send you on a hike during the day and serve you Negronis by the pool at night.
Portland, Oregon-based Waechter Architecture transformed a schoolhouse, originally built in 1908, into the 20,000-square-foot lodge that sits along the Columbia River Gorge in Washington. The hotel has two main buildings: the refurbished schoolhouse that’s home to 10 rooms decorated in a hip outdoorsy style, complete with earthy tones and camp throws. One room holds 24 hostel-style bunk beds. There’s also a library and lobby, which all have the original flooring from when the schoolhouse was rebuilt in 1937 after a fire.
On the former school playing fields the architects designed a series of standalone cabins that appear to form a continuous ring thanks to cantilevering roofs that connect all of the residences. And in the center of the ring? That’s a modern gym with an atmospheric pool and sauna.